Brought to us by Patrick Williams of Fuel Rx Fitness in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, Ca
1. It is so important to maintain what I call a "next month" outlook.
How do you want to look after the next four weeks? How exactly do you want to feel? This approach is so much more effective than thinking about completely transorming your body after the next two years. Sure there is a time and place for that, but it can be a little overwhelming at times.
2. Change the way you view (and value) food.
Examine your motivation for eating. I know this may sound a little strange at first, but just think about it. Do you eat because you are "craving" a certain food? Or do you eat out of sheer habits that you have been practicing for years? Obtain a sense of purpose with your eating habits. Let me give you a very simple example. I eat predominantly lean proteins and green vegetables. My next meal is going to be scrambled egg whites along with some sauteed spinach.
3. Don't view exercise as a chore!
I know what you are thinking. I don't like working out or I don't have time to work out. These excuses can seem so concret and valid in your justification-matrix. Just remember that these views and opinions are simply choices you have made. So choose to derive at least some enjoyment from exercise. You don't have to be cheesy about it, but make a choice.
4. Stop comparing yourself to other people.
There are a few people that can be the exception to this rule. From the hundreds of people I have helped, I firmly believe that it is not a good idea to compare yourself to the fitness model you saw in the grocery store. You will only be hard on yourself
5. Create a vivid picture of the best you and hold onto it as often as possible.
Here's where I recommend that you let your imagination run wild. If you have a picture of what you used to look like, this can be helpful too. Picturing the future you is much more productive though.
I genuinely hope that these tips can help you change your outlook for the better. Just remember to work on your mental, emotional, and spiritual outlook before really engaging in changing the physical. Once you have done this, then it is time to take massive action! Trust me, you will be so much more successful for it.
Patrick Williams is the owner of Fuel Rx Fitness in Sherman Oaks, California near Ventura Boulevard. Fuel Rx Fitness is the home of "metabolic burst training" and has helped hundreds of people reach their fat loss goals. Go to www.fuelrxfitness.com to learn more about their programs.